MD bows out after 30 years

Steve Rice, managing director of the GGF, will retire at the end of February 2020, after chalking up 30 years of service.

Starting at the GGF as a technical officer in the late 1980s, Steve held several director positions before being appointed managing director in 2019.

During his time at the GGF, Steve’s achievements include the development and production of the GGF’s technical library, the expansion of the GGF’s specialist technical groups, and helping the GGF attain its leading position in the international technical community.

“It was always my intention to retire in 2019, but with the changes in the summer, I stayed on to help the GGF through its period of transition,” Steve said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the GGF and when I see the GGF in the strong position it is in today, I know it has all been worthwhile. I would like to thank everyone connected to the federation for helping me through my time at the GGF. It has been a wonderful journey.”

GGF president John Agnew will leave his current position at Independent Glass to take up his new role as GGF managing director from March 1, 2020.

“I am delighted that John will succeed me as the GGF’s managing director,” Steve said. “He has been in the industry for over three decades and his involvement with the GGF goes back to the mid-1980s when he was a regular contributor to the specialist groups. Since then he has reached and operated at the very highest level of the GGF. His background, skillset and knowledge of the industry are second to none and the GGF’s future couldn’t be in safer hands.”

John said: “I fully appreciate the many challenges our industry faces and I am well aware of our members’ expectations. With the support of the highly skilled and experienced GGF staff, I am confident we can continue to deliver the very best services for GGF members.”